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  1. Books, books, books...

    I'm finishing up Dear Life by Alice Munro after seeing it's praises sung here a while back and have been just floored by her writing. I don't know that I've ever read anything quite like it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Next I'm hoping to start Tenth of December which I've been meaning to get to for some time.
  2. Life

    Yeah i feel so lucky to be around 29 other incredible people who are all going through the same experience. It would be tremendously more difficult without them. Thanks for the kind words
  3. Life

    Ive spent about the past month of my life riding my bicycle across the country with 31 other people in a program that raises money and awareness for affordable housing. It's been truly an incredible experience that has taught me I'm capable of more mentally and physically than I thought. Yesterday the unthinkable happened and one of our groups leaders was lost in a car accident. He was an incredibly kind, selfless person who had devoted his life to working as a teacher for inner city children. I'm having a lot of trouble making sense of this right now. Grief isn't something I've gone through before, I've never lost someone close to me. I don't post in these forums much, but I frequently read through them. This has probably been the most difficult day of my life
  4. The Last Guardian

    The slow motion parts held for sooooo long. But I thought the details in the stuff they showed were fantastic. The animation for the kid running down the stairs in particular I thought was tremendous.
  5. Books, books, books...

    My school had us reading Silas Marker in seventh grade. That decision still baffles me. I should re read the books that were impenetrable to me in Junior High and High school
  6. Man that thing just fucking plows through that pile of cubes.
  7. Movie/TV recommendations

    Oh yeah I do the same. It's highs are pretty great imo. Edit: I thought I hadn't watched any Lost since it ended. But I totally have. My memory is horrible
  8. Movie/TV recommendations

    I've only seen that show once, it ended when I was a sophomore in high school and I haven't seen it since. I loved it at the time but I'm not sure I could revisit it now. (Not a jab, more that I enjoy the distanced youthful lens and memory of it and I think seeing it now I'd start to reevaluate it a lot..though agreed the pilot is a great piece of television)
  9. Idle Thumbs 212: DMCA Dad

    I like that the theme music this week foreshadowed Chris's absence
  10. This is my second time watching this movie, and I liked it much, much more this time through. I definitely liked it the first time I saw it, but I had no idea what to expect from it, and I think knowing what the movie was going to be made me appreciate it a lot more. The first time I found myself completely confused by the Red Room/Black Lodge spirit scenes (especially the Tremonds), but this time through I really viewed it mainly as a way to put the audience in the insane world of Laura. I found it difficult both times to try and understand the purpose of the whole David Bowie scene (though maybe trying to do this is pointless), but viewing it as a continuation of the shadow Twin Peaks in Deer Meadows, where the Red Room crew is in a dingy broken down apartment building instead of the Red Room/Black Lodge we've grown to know in the show. I'm really excited to listen to this podcast. Edit: I can't post without mentioning one of my favorite parts of this movie! I found the soundtrack overall to be fantastic, but in particular, the use of Laura Palmer's theme was astonishing. By the end of the show, it had been used so extensively that it didn't really hold any emotional value to me, but when they used the recognisable parts of it here, rearranged it seems, it really worked for me.
  11. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    My friend just showed me the jam/funk band Vulfpeck, and I've been listening to them non-stop. These two tracks are so much fun to listen to and watch. It seems like they're having so much fun doing this.
  12. That was much longer ago than I thought but I was thinking of this yes.
  13. I definitely didn't read it as Draper going back to McCann and writing the ad, but I do fall into the slightly more cynical read that despite all the things Don has undergone and reflected in did just result in another pitch. There's plenty of times in the show where he has become a self-reflective person who questioned his life, but he kind of just went back to bring who he's been the whole show each time. I want to watch the episode again because my reading of it would probably change I may be wrong about this but I think I remember Roger saying something about people going off and having experiences that they claim change them and then end up being the same person. Does anyone else have any recollection of this or am I just insane?
  14. Movie/TV recommendations

    God damn it is amazing that a movie can just be so much better than the past years of blockbusters. Its cynical of me but I can't help but worry their gonna go and try to do back stories for characters in it. The storytelling in Mad Max was perfect. Please don't ruin it
  15. Twin Peaks Discussion

    Totally with you.
  16. Twin Peaks Discussion

    It seems like they are doing more than the originally scheduled 9 episodes? I wonder if the dispute was over the episodes of the show he wanted to shoot as well.
  17. I was so surprised how much non-black lodge stuff is in this episode because those scenes dominate my memory of it. The Nadine scene was so tragic to me. Having Ed and Norma happily dancing followed by Nadine's return was really devastating (although Mike apologizing was kinda hilarious to me). And the Haywards. Holy crap that is a brutal scene. I'm curious how these changed from their original script. And man oh man I love that bank scene so much. Echos the first episode of season 2, and I just like how Lynch made the ending to this ridiculous plot thread basically something from Looney Tunes. And agree with everyone else. The black lodge scenes are unlike any episode of television I've ever seen.
  18. Man the shot of Betty in the doctor's office really was incredible. I was really really down after watching this one.
  19. Wow! I disliked this episode a lot! Honestly a lot of the episode felt like out of Scooby-Doo or something. All the conversations between Cooper and Truman showed no trust in the audience to reach any conclusion about the Black Lodge/White Lodge stuff. "That evil in the woods? I think its the black lodge" "Bob lives in the Black Lodge and I think he had something to do with Josie's death!" "Fear opens the door to the Black Lodge and love opens the door to the white!" More quotes I am forgetting that are bad bad bad. And holy crap the Miss Twin Peaks stuff. Creepy choreographer! Terrible seductress subplot rears its head again (that dance! blargh!) The Laura Palmer reference was really shocking to hear in this episode and yet another reminder of what the show once was. I agree with what people have said about Earle this episode, I did find him to be genuinely creepy in many parts (although the obvious fade from his creepy face to a commercial break was pretty jarring.) And even though his entrance to take Annie away was basically creating a bad haunted house (from the fog machine to the fire) it somehow struck me as creepy? (I'm honestly not sure how). I also found Donna's conversation with her parents to be pretty good (maybe I was just desperate for something to grab onto), but an authentic conversation that a teen would have with her parents who are hiding something from her. Though the scene with Pete, Catherine, and her brother was kinda dumb I enjoyed watching pulling out a massive handgun and just shooting the remaining box (which somehow the key survives unscathed???) Although this may be in part, as I've said before, I really find where this plot takes us next episode to be one of the most fun scenes to watch in the series. Anyway I'm excited for the last bit of the podcast here, as I really love the last episode and FWWM.
  20. Infinite Jest

    This was linked earlier in the forums, but it really helped me understand some of the things I didn't pick up on after reading it. http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/ijend
  21. I'm totally with Sean on the scene between Joan and Roger. Joan, to me, this episode was able to show so much range in her facial expressions to all the shit she had to deal with. When Roger told her to just take the money, it was incredibly heartbreaking as a viewer to see that interaction, Joan's expression, after all of their history together was just crushing to watch.
  22. Another Cat People fan here! Watched that for a film class I was taking last year and there is so much going on in that movie!
  23. Plug your shit

    I plugged some similar shit last summer, but this summer, before I am starting a job out in Boston, I am riding my bike across the country with Bike and Build, a charity that raises money and awareness for affordable housing. I'm sure you all know what a huge problem this is in so many parts of the country. My page is here! http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/8052 If you feel moved to donate I would be incredibly grateful, I'm incredibly excited to be doing this.
  24. Feminism

    We Are The Best is a delightful movie!
  25. Movie/TV recommendations

    I just watched The Graduate for the first time and loved it quite a lot! The only Lynch I've seen is Twin Peaks and FWWM, is there anywhere I should start with his stuff? Or can I just dive in with whatever